HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 23Revenue Sharing Board Distributes Gun Lake Casino Funds

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the Gun Lake Casino Local Revenue Sharing Board (LRSB) distributed $1.6 million to ten municipalities and schools near the Gun Lake Casino. The revenue sharing payments are distributed semi-annually according to the terms of the tribal-state gaming compact and are calculated on electronic gaming revenues.  The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) is the owner of the Gun Lake Casino located in Wayland Township, Michigan.

“The Tribe has made tremendous contributions to the history and culture of Allegan County,” said State Rep. Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck).  “It’s very rewarding to see it develop economically into one of the region’s top job providers.  I thank the Tribe for delivering on promises it made to our community.”

The compact prescribes mandatory funding to local municipalities for costs incurred due to the operation of the casino, public safety services, and replacement of tax revenue.  Other possible uses for local revenue sharing money include funding for schools and civic organizations.

“We continue to enjoy strong operating results thanks to the dedication of our team members and the leadership of our management team,” said D.K. Sprague, chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe.  “We are thankful for the benefits our gaming enterprise has brought to the Tribe and our neighbors in West Michigan.”

The LRSB consists of the following individuals:

· Lorraine “Punkin” Shananaquet (Gun Lake Tribe, Tribal Council)

· Phyllis Davis (Gun Lake Tribe, Tribal Council)

· Rebecca Baker (Gun Lake Tribe, Tribal Council)

· Roger VanVolkinburg (Wayland Township, supervisor and LRSB chairman)

· Mark DeYoung (Allegan County Board of Commissioners, chairman)

· Linden Anderson (former mayor, City of Wayland)

Additionally, the State of Michigan received almost $6.5 million as a result of the tribal-state gaming compact. According to a report in The Allegan County News,since the opening of the casino in 2011, the Gun Lake Tribe has shared almost $18.5 million with state and local governments.

 

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